Kingpins24 Goes to Canada (Virtually)

Kingpins24 Canada
Kingpins24 Canada

Kingpins24 returns – with a Canadian twist – on September 22.

This season we’re working with Simply Suzette’s Ani Wells to create a 2-hour long online event exploring ideas surrounding circularity, brick-and-mortar retail, trend and design.

The abbreviated format is a departure from the multi-day, 8-hour livestreams of previous Kingpins24 events and is a response to the Kingpins community voicing interest in shorter, bite-sized events alongside the more full-scale Kingpins24 seasonal events.

“Kingpins continues to explore digital ideas and opportunities and we are excited to collaborate with Ani on Kingpins24 Canada. As a Canadian it is refreshing for me to be able to shine a spotlight on my homeland – which rarely features in conversations about denim but is home to a lot of interesting and engaged denim players,” said Andrew Olah, founder of Kingpins Show and Kingpins24. “This week we announced the exciting news about Kingpins Exchange, our new online denim marketplace and digital denim showroom platform, which will allow us to serve our community’s supply chain sourcing needs. Kingpins24 will be the place where we gather to share ideas, innovation, inspiration and education and it will be fluid in its format.”

Ani Wells of Simply Suzette
Ani Wells of Simply Suzette

Topics for Kingpins24 Canada will range from new models of business, to future-proofing brick-and-mortar retail, and circularity in denim design. Brands and designers joining will include the godfather of denim Adriano Goldschmied; designer and consultant Malin Ekengren; Denim Dudes’ Amy Leverton; Brandon Svarc of Naked & Famous; Kelly Drennan, founder of Fashion Takes Action; Philippe Cantin, senior director of Sustainable Innovations and Circular Economy at the Retail Council of Canada; and Sabine Weber of Sustainable Strategies & Solutions. Wells, Olah and Vivian Wang, Kingpins Show’s managing director, will act as hosts of Kingpins24 Canada.

“Ever since stepping foot at my first Kingpins Show, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of,” Wells said. “Getting to work with Kingpins on this show has been nothing but exciting and the team has always made me feel like part of the family. I love that about Kingpins and our denim community. This feeling of family and community I hope to bring to my Canadian denim folks. I hope attendees come away with actionable steps to future proof their businesses and inspire the ‘Made in Canada’ movement through fun and engaging content.”

Kingpins24 launched in April 2020 in the wake of the cancellation of Kingpins Amsterdam and held a second event in June 2020 after the cancellation of the Kingpins New York show. In total, more than 4,000 denim industry professionals have tuned in for Kingpins24 livestreams and the events have seen more than 38,000 views of on-demand content.

Kingpins24 Canada will go live at 12PM Eastern / 9AM Pacific on September 22. Videos and content from Kingpins24 Canada will be posted to the Kingpins Show YouTube channel after the event has concluded.

Register HERE for Kingpins24 Canada – all members of the denim industry are welcome to join.

Register HERE to stay in the loop for all Kingpins-related news, including Kingpins24, Kingpins Exchange, denim trend, retail news and industry coverage.

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